School Leadership is critical to strategic and purposeful school wide approaches to the teaching of Respectful Relationships Education. As part of school leadership implementation, principals and school leaders are supported through online and face-to-face professional learning and tools such as the following Audit and Planning Tool. This resource has been developed to assist leaders strategically plan for respectful relationships education in their school.
A link to the audit and planning tool is available below. School leaders are encouraged to maintain their own copy of this document and attend to the relevant components within the context of their school.
Respectful Schools and Workplaces Overview
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Respectful Schools Respectful Behaviour
The RSRB resource supports learning communities from the early years to Year 12 to build respectful, safe and supportive learning environments where all members are given the opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to equip them to be successful, lifelong learners. It provides practical information about:
- developing and implementing whole school or organisation, classroom, group and individual approaches to respectful behaviour and relationships
- school and classroom best practice
- supporting individual need
- dealing with inappropriate behaviour and relationships.
Mandatory reporting further supports the department’s strategic direction to ensure that all learners are provided with a safe and inclusive learning environment which supports and allows them to strive for excellence and reach their full potential.
Mandatory reporting is in line with Safe Homes, Safe Families which is the Tasmanian Government’s, coordinated, whole-of-government Action Plan to respond to family violence.
All departmental staff and volunteers are mandatory reporters under the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act (1997) Act.
The new Procedures provide guidance to Department of Education staff on how to meet their legislated mandatory reporting obligations in relation to child abuse and neglect.
Principals and managers must ensure that all staff and volunteers receive Mandatory Reporting training annually. This can be provided at a staff meeting by the principal, their delegate or school social worker, using the DHHS approved Mandatory Reporting Training Module PowerPoint that is available at: https://www.education.tas.gov.au/documentcentre/Documents/Mandatory-Reporting-Training-Module.pptx
All staff members and volunteers MUST make a report to Child Protection Services, or Gateway Services, when they believe or suspect, on reasonable grounds that a child is suffering, has suffered or is likely to suffer abuse or neglect in order to prevent the occurrence or further occurrences of the abuse or neglect.
Information about child abuse and neglect may come via observations or disclosure from a child or young person.
Individuals are mandatory reporters; organisations are not mandatory reporters.
You must fulfil your obligation as a mandatory reporter by making a notification to either Gateway Services or Child Protection Services. You do not need to call both services.
Referrals to Gateway Services can be made by calling 1800 171 233 and speaking to a Gateway Intake Worker.
To make a notification to Child Protection Services (CPS) or to seek their advice, phone 1300 737 639 or you can make an online notification through: http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/children/child_protection_services/what_can_i_expect_when/child_protection_notification_form